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Tunisian secularist wins first presidential round, heads for run-off

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:45

By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian secularist leader Beji Caid Essebsi has narrowly beaten incumbent President Moncef Marzouki in the first round of a landmark presidential election, but the two frontrunners must meet again in a December run-off. The vote for Tunisia's first directly elected president marks the final step in the North African state's transition to full democracy following a 2011 revolution that ousted veteran autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. ...

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« La Crise humanitaire qui affecte le Katanga a besoin d’une grande attention », plaide Moustapha Soumaré

Digital Congo - 25 November, 2014 - 10:44
Le Coordonnateur des Affaires humanitaires en Rdc a lancé un appel sur la situation humanitaire qui frappe actuellement la population de Pweto, une ville au nord du Katanga qui abrite environ 178.000 personnes déplacées internes.
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Queens Park Rangers's Sandro ruled out until after Christmas

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:43

LONDON (Reuters) - Brazilian midfielder Sandro will be missing from Queens Park Rangers' relegation battle until after Christmas because of a knee injury, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. The former Tottenham Hotspur player limped off during the 1-0 defeat by Newcastle United on Saturday which left the London club bottom of the table. "Sandro took a bad knock to his right knee, and has suffered damage to his medial ligaments," said Peter Florida, head of the club's medical department. "Unfortunately, he will now be unavailable for selection until after Christmas. ...

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Kenya's central bank chief appeals abuse-of-office charge

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:41
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's central bank chief filed an appeal on Tuesday asking a court to throw out a case accusing him of abusing his office through his involvement in issuing a tender to install security software at the bank. Earlier this month, Kenya's High Court ruled the government's anti-graft agency and chief prosecutor could pursue the case against Central Bank Governor Njuguna Ndung'u. Ndung'u has denied involvement in the case, saying he was not involved in the tender process and the tender was awarded by an authorised body. ...
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Insight - Merkel hits diplomatic dead-end with Putin

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:40

By Noah Barkin and Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed. Ahead of a summit of G20 leaders in Australia, Merkel resolved to confront Vladimir Putin alone, without the usual pack of interpreters and aides. ...

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Revue de la presse congolaise de ce mardi 25 novembre 2014

Digital Congo - 25 November, 2014 - 10:38
Les principaux quotidiens parvenus ce matin au se sont faits l’écho de quelques sujets d’actualité, dont entre autres préoccupations, les massacres perpétrés contre les habitants de Beni.
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Canada failing veterans with mental illnesses: official watchdog

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:38
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is failing its veterans with mental illnesses, an official watchdog said on Tuesday in a stinging report that could hurt the Conservative government less than a year before the next election. Auditor General Michael Ferguson, who reports to Parliament, said the federal Veterans Affairs ministry was "not adequately facilitating timely access to mental health services". Ferguson said around 20 percent of veterans complained they had to wait more than eight months to access specialised mental health services, twice as long as they should have done. ...
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Infront media attracts four potential bidders - source

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:37
(Reuters) - Two American and two Chinese groups are considering bids for Swiss sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media AG, whose owners are seeking a valuation of over 900 million euros (0.70 billion pounds), a source familiar with the situation said. U.S. private equity group Providence and Shanghai-based commercial property company Wanda are among the suitors for Infront, a firm led by Philippe Blatter, nephew of Sepp Blatter, head of soccer's global governing body FIFA, the source added. Another U.S. ...
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Consécutivement à la plainte des Ong, Amnesty dénonce à son tour la machination du groupe Forrest

Digital Congo - 25 November, 2014 - 10:36
Après les plaintes des Ongs Raid, Acidh, Fidh et ses organisations en Belgique et en RDC (la Ligue des électeurs et le Groupe Lotus), Amnesty international revient à la charge avec cette accusation qui joue son va-tout pour peser sur la machination de Forrest.
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Jewish-nation bill frays Israel's delicate social fabric

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:35

By Maayan Lubell KAFR QASSEM, Israel (Reuters) - Israel is poised to pass one of the most divisive laws in its 66-year history, a bill that would declare it the homeland of the Jewish people only -- and further alienate its Arab minority. Political infighting over the measure is already threatening to tear apart Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's governing coalition. ...

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U.S. bank earnings rise to $38.7 billion in third quarter 2014 -FDIC

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:35
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. bank earnings rose to $38.7 billion (25 billion pounds) in the third quarter of 2014 as institutions boosted trading and other revenue, according to data released on Tuesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC). Bank earnings during the quarter that ended on Sept. 30 rose $2.6 billion, or 7.3 percent, from $36.1 billion in the same period a year earlier, the FDIC said. For the first time in five years, banks set aside more money in case of losses on loans. ...
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Algeria says OPEC to seek 'consensual step' to halt oil price drop

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:30
By Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS (Reuters) - OPEC will seek a "consensual step" at its Thursday meeting as the group discusses a sharp drop in crude oil prices, Algerian Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi said on Tuesday. "This step is necessary to bring stability," he told the official APS news agency, without giving details on what exact measures the group would take. Brent crude oil prices steadied around $80 a barrel on Tuesday ahead of a meeting of the meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to decide on production levels for next year. ...
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Exclusive - U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned: sources

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:29

By Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The final numbers are still being agreed, but there will be at least several hundred more than initially planned, one of the sources said. "If they hadn't done that, the mission would have lost bases," the source said. Under the U.S. ...

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Ship broker Clarkson looks to acquire Norway's Platou for 281 million pounds

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:28
By Jonathan Saul LONDON (Reuters) - Top ship broker Clarkson is seeking to acquire Norwegian brokerage and investment bank RS Platou for 281.2 million pounds ($441 million) in a deal that would create one of the sector's biggest players globally. The deal would be the latest in an industry which has suffered one of its worst-ever downturns in the past five years. Owners ordered large numbers of vessels between 2007 and 2009, just as the global economy started to slow, creating a glut. ...
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Factbox - Colombia's peace process with Marxist FARC rebels

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:26
(Reuters) - Colombia's peace talks with Marxist FARC rebels have been in crisis after the armed group took five hostages over the last two seeks, including an army general. Two soldiers were released on Tuesday, but the government says talks will not resume until all five are freed. The following are some key facts about the two-year-old talks in Havana: THE REBELS The FARC, founded in 1964 to fight for rural land reform but now heavily involved in the narcotics trade, has about 8,000 fighters, down from a peak of 15,000 in the late 1990s. ...
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Philip Green says cash gives Arcadia scope for deals

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:24

By James Davey LONDON (Reuters) - Retail tycoon Philip Green has the firepower for potential acquisitions as his Arcadia group, which owns Topshop, has ended its current financial year with more than 200 million pounds ($314 million) in cash. Arcadia, which also has BHS department stores and Burton and Miss Selfridge chains, reported a 3 percent fall in profit for the year to Aug. 30, partly the result of bigger BHS losses. Green, who tried and failed to buy British clothing retailer Marks & Spencer in 2004, echoed other stores in saying the Christmas outlook was not particularly encouraging. ...

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India may give banks more leeway to deal with bad loans

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:10
By Neha Dasgupta and Suvashree Choudhury ANAND, India (Reuters) - India could give banks more flexibility to restructure distressed loans in a bid to steer funding towards cash-strapped infrastructure projects, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said on Tuesday. Rajan said, however, the RBI would continue to ensure lenders flag and deal with problematic loans quickly, given the dangers to India's financial system should banks engage in "ostrich-like" behaviour of "hoping the problem will go away". ...
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India yet to decide on dates for key asset sales - official

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:08
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has yet to decide on the dates for selling a 10 percent stake in state-controlled Coal India and 5 percent in Oil and Natural Gas Corp , a government official said after a meeting with the finance minister on Tuesday. The stake sales are crucial for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to hit its ambitious budget targets. Asset sales are already running behind schedule, pressuring a deficit target of 4.1 percent of GDP for the fiscal year to March. ...
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British house price boom fading but no price falls expected - Reuters Poll

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:05

By Ross Finley LONDON (Reuters) - The latest British property boom is fading, more than a year after it got a boost from a stimulus programme aimed at first-time buyers, although prices are still expected to outpace inflation in coming years. The latest Reuters poll of property market analysts also forecasts an end to London's housing boom. London prices rocketed 25 percent in recent years but are expected to slow to near the national rate of around 4 percent in coming years. One reason is affordability. ...

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U.S. housing seen steady in early 2015; price gains slower - Reuters Poll

Yahoo - DRC - 25 November, 2014 - 10:03
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home sales will grow moderately in early 2015 before picking up the pace as a sharp slowdown in price rises and a strengthening labour market draw in potential buyers, economists in a Reuters poll predicted. Housing activity is gradually regaining ground after stalling in the second half of 2013 following a run-up in mortgage rates. But sales remain constrained by very slow household formation. "Housing is improving, but it is not nearly as good a market as we would like it to be. ...
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